Understanding common roof damage & ways to address them

April 5, 2024

Addressing a damaged roof can be overwhelming, but clearly understanding what to anticipate and how to approach various scenarios can streamline the repair or replacement process. While holes and leaks are often conspicuous, homeowners frequently overlook other forms of roof damage. Even minor issues can escalate into major problems if neglected.

But how can you determine if your roof is truly compromised? And what steps can you take to prevent damage from occurring in the first place?

With extensive experience in repairing and replacing roofs throughout Melbourne, Modern Seal Roofing has encountered numerous instances of roof damage. Some arise naturally over time, while others can be averted through regular maintenance.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll outline how to identify the 5 most common types of roof damage, strategies for addressing them and proactive measures to mitigate future issues.

Wind Damage

Damage caused by wind typically manifests as missing tiles or tiles that appear loose and flap in the wind while remaining affixed to the roof. Additionally, wind damage may affect seams and joints, leading to tearing or buckling of the flashing.

Upon observing signs of wind damage, it's advisable to consult your insurance provider to determine if the damage is eligible for a claim BEFORE initiating any repair work.


Hail Damage

Hail damage ranks among the most destructive types of roof damage, often posing challenges in detection.

Signs of hail damage to the roof:

  1. Bruising or shallow dents caused by hail impact on susceptible areas of the roof
  2. Debris accumulation, including tree branches and twigs
  3. Circular cracks resulting from large hailstones
  4. Broken or absent roofing material
  5. Roof punctures or fractures
  6. Loss of granules from roof tiles

Why roof hail damage is concerning:

When hail strikes a roof tile, it causes damage, rendering the roof more prone to leaks. Wind-driven rain and hail can infiltrate beneath as tiles break or dislodge, leading to water damage within the roof's structure.

Water Damage

Roof water damage manifests as leaks caused by intense rain or hail.

Signs of roof water damage:

  1. Roof leaks
  2. Absent roof tiles
  3. Discolored ceiling or walls
  4. Cracks
  5. Loose tiles
  6. Sealant failure on the roof
  7. Torn underlayment

Why roof water damage is concerning:

Water infiltration from roof leaks can foster mould growth, leading to decay, rot, mildew, and moss. Additionally, it invites pests to exploit the compromised roof and house structure.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing plays a crucial role in sealing vulnerable areas of your roof, such as chimneys, skylights, and vents, from rainwater infiltration. Even minor damage like sealant tears or metal punctures can escalate into larger issues like warped materials, corrosion, or rust. While flashing damage may not seem urgent initially, prompt inspection and repair are advisable to prevent further deterioration. It's essential to avoid quick fixes like adding caulk, as they provide only temporary solutions. Professional roofers typically replace damaged flashing and adjacent roof tiles to ensure lasting repairs. Investing in high-quality flashing initially can also mitigate long-term deterioration.

Roof Fungus Damage

Roof fungus damage is common in humid regions like Queensland, where mould, mildew, algae, or moss thrive on shaded areas of rooftops exposed to damp conditions. While the presence of these organisms doesn't always indicate the need for a roof restoration or underlying water damage, it can still pose risks to your roof's integrity. Signs of roof fungus damage include black, brown, or dark-green blotches (mould), black to light grey powder (mildew), black-green speckles (algae), and green fuzzy patches (moss). Despite appearing harmless, moss can compromise the structural integrity of your roof by infiltrating and separating roof tile, potentially leading to water leaks and significant damage over time.

Is Roof Damage Repairable?

Absolutely! Roof damage is typically reparable, especially if your roof is still within its expected lifespan and the damage isn't extensive. In most cases, repairs involving new roof tile, flashing, or underlayment can be completed within a day. However, if the damage is severe and compromises your home's structural integrity, or if your roof is already old, a complete replacement may be necessary.

To determine whether repair or replacement is the best option for your roof, it's essential to schedule a professional inspection. Our team will conduct a thorough examination, inspecting the extent of the damage both on the ground and by climbing up on the roof. Based on our findings, we'll provide you with a free roof repair estimate and offer our expert recommendations for the most effective course of action.

To know about timely roof repair, check out our blog on: ‘How timely roof repairs can prevent major problems.

Why should you choose Modern Seal Roofing roofers for your home’s roof?

When you choose Modern Seal Roofing for your roof restoration, roof painting or roof repairs in Melbourne, you get:

  1. Licensed and insured roofers
  2. Industry-standard tools and equipment
  3. Expert and experienced roofers
  4. Use of high-quality materials in all our works
  5. Upto 10 years of workmanship warranty
  6. Over 25 years of experience

We understand Australian home roofs and have experience servicing the entire Melbourne area including Burwood, Keysborough, Knoxfield, Forest Hill, Oakleigh, Clarinda, Ringwood, Hughesdale, Notting Hill, Noble Park and more

For more information relating to our roof restoration, roof repairs and roof painting solutions in Melbourne, get in touch with our expert roofers today! You can give us a call on 0413 464 666 or write to us on [email protected]